As the interest in autism grows around Guyana, the Special Education Needs Unit (SEN); the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) and the Region Three Education Department on Tuesday held an awareness campaign in West Demerara to enlighten residents about the realities of children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.A section of the persons who attended the sensitisation forumAccording to a release issued by the Education Ministry of, the event was facilitated at the Vreed-en-Hoop Primary School, West Coast Demerara.SEN Education Officer Akeshia Benjamin said autism awareness was very important as it helped persons to know the warning signs and symptoms and importantly, how to treat those persons to avoid discrimination and mental illness.She noted, “It is a category of disability, however; while it has been on the back burner for quite some time, efforts are in train to make it a front-burner issue as autistic children are also important and should not be seen as less than any child. This is because children with special needs also deserve a chance to realise their true and full potential through the education sector.”The release stated, “As is, the Ministry via each educational district has officers engaged in a process of assessing and identifying children with all other forms of disability, including autism.“Following the assessment, we are able to not only identify but fashion programmes to support those with special needs.“Autism is one of a group of serious developmental problems called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is a diagnosis that describes significant social, communicative and behavioural challenges which appear in early childhood (usually before three years old)”.Region Three Regional Education Officer Anesta Douglas expressed gratitude for the forum that offered awareness about children in the Region who are autistic. Douglas also urged persons to embrace autistic people and not discriminate.United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative Audrey Rodrigues reminded that the organisation advocated for children’s rights and noted that every child had a right to an education. “Every child is a child no matter what and we are making sure that every child has and continues to be catered for through empowering of women and girls with autism everywhere,” Rodrigues noted.Education Officer Keon Cheong shared an overview of the constraints associated with treating and caring for autistic children among others.The Education Ministry, in addition to Tuesday’s sensitisation forum, has also planned several other activities for the Region to boost awareness on the issue. Some of the activities include a Parent-Teachers Association awareness forum and staff development sessions.
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Glover restored the home and its sprawling Japanese garden and pagoda, and his son later turned the main mansion into a restaurant, Ulloa said. Glover also bought a nearby mansion that resembles a French chateau, and it became the headquarters of the Academy of Magical Arts. The structure also is home of the Magic Castle Hotel and a restaurant that features magic shows. “The business is doing well,” Ulloa said. “If someone sees the property for how well it’s doing, we’re confident we’ll stay in place for a long time.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A famous piece of Hollywood is up for sale. The owners of the Magic Castle and the Japanese mansion that houses the Yamashiro restaurant are looking for someone interested in acquiring the landmarks and the surrounding 10-acre hilltop property. The buyer would get a valuable piece of land located just above Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and other tourist attractions. Part of the property can be developed, but the buyer must preserve the nearly century-old Magic Castle and Yamashiro because they are designated historic landmarks, said Andy Ulloa, a part owner of the property. “We’re looking for a buyer who will make sure the integrity of the property remains,” Ulloa said. He said other owners of the property, including descendants of developer Thomas O. Glover, decided to sell it after more than 60 years of ownership. “There’s no asking price; the owners want to see what kind of offers will come their way,” he said. Glover bought Yamashiro in 1948 for $150,000 when the mansion – originally built to resemble a mountaintop palace near Kyoto, Japan – fell into disrepair, Ulloa said. The ornate structure and its distinct Japanese architecture had been vandalized during World War II when anti-Japanese sentiment was high.